Munchak picks experienced hand to coach secondary

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 3:46pm

Brett Maxie, named the Tennessee Titans secondary coach on Monday, is similar to the man he replaced, Marcus Robertson, in that he had a long, productive career as an NFL player.

Unlike Robertson, though, Maxie also has a wealth of experience as an NFL assistant.

“What stood out to me was his diverse experience as a player and a coach,” coach Mike Munchak said in a release announcing the move. “He has worked with some really good coordinators from a variety of backgrounds. He is a detailed guy who has had a lot of success as a coach and a player.”

Maxie joins the Titans after four seasons as the Dallas Cowboys secondary coach.

His 12-year playing career ended in 1997. Since then he has coached with Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco and Carolina in addition to the Cowboys, where he worked under former head coach Wade Phillips and current defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. In one season with Miami, he worked under defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

“I am really excited about this opportunity and the chance to work with Mike Munchak and [defensive coordinator] Jerry Gray,” Maxie said. “I have played and coached against each of these men, and I have great respect for what they are all about and what they have accomplished.

“Mike has an impeccable reputation as a coach, and I like what I heard about how he runs his team. Jerry and I came into the league as players at the same time (1985), and our teams battled each other in the old NFC West and I have admired his work as a coach through the years.”

Robertson, who also played 12 years in the NFL (the vast majority of them with the Oilers/Titans), had no coaching experience outside of the Titans. He joined former coach Jeff Fisher’s staff in 2007 as assistant secondary coach and was promoted to secondary coach after two seasons.

Munchak fired Robertson days after Tennessee completed with the regular season with a 9-7 record and ranked 14th in the league in pass defense. Assistant secondary coach Curtis Fuller also was fired and has not yet been replaced.

Maxie was available because he contract with Dallas had expired.

“We were aware that his contract had expired, and I talked to a number of people around the league about him and heard nothing but positive things, which is a rarity in this league,” Munchak said.